Good fill level. Cork crumbled on opening. Wine shows bright garnet in the center with bricking at the rim. Classic Nebbiolo nose. Clear sweet fruit. Improves with air for an hour, then begins to fade. By the last glass, it's clear the wine is well past its peak. Still delivers pleasure, but it's not the wine I'll bet it was 15 years ago.
Some aged fruit on the nose but clearly the emphasis is elsewhere. Caramel, dried mint, medicinal liquorice, some furry hints and huge shellfish kind of character that strenghtens with time. Umami, like in a not that gracefully aged Champagne. Medium bodied palate with grainy touch and good acidic backbone. Slight meaty character, salt liquorice, smoke, tropical wood and dried fruits in the long aftertaste. Rather nice at first, but didn't stand the air that well. Shellfish nose and acidic palate after some time of swirling and sniffing.
SOM'd in the morning and then deacnted and poured. Drunk over 4 hours. From a very cold cellar with perfect provenance.
Much darker and brooding, a whole different animal than the 67, making the 67 seem almost bush league at the beginning. I would have guessed at least 15 years younger. Powerful and more dark fruited, with tar, blacker fruit, and an imposing structure. This had a beautiful powerful perfumed nose with structure and power that meets you head on, and shakes you by your collar. That said all of this was in perfect balance. Great texture, still scarily primary, with great structure. A formidable, thought provoking, brooding wine that from this cellar and in this bottle's condition I could only guess thrive for another 15-20 years. Great stuff. 96pts
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